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The Trial tells the terrifying tale of Joseph K., a respectable functionary in a bank who is suddenly arrested and must defend his innocence against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy, this hauntingly believable story stands out as one of the great novels of our times. This edition includes Kafka's own drawings, as well as excerpts from his diaries during the period in which he wrote this book. With an Introduction by George Steiner; translated from the German by Willa and Edwin Muir; revised and with additional material translated by E.M. Butler.